Slideshow SLIDESHOW: The First Strawberries Have Arrived at the Union Square Greenmarket

[Photographs: Ben Fishner]

In season now: Ramps, Green Garlic, Rhubarb, Fiddleheads, Spring Onions, Nettles, Spring Radishes, Asparagus, some Strawberries.
In season soon: Lots more Strawberries, Peas, Pea Greens, Pole Beans.

Alright, ramps are good and green garlic is definitely a treat. I'm not disputing that. But nothing matches the joy of the May's first strawberries, which arrived at the market this week. That's right, that picture you see up there is not from a farmers market somewhere on the West Coast; those are real, live New Jersey strawberries. Bring on the rest of the summer fruit!

We also saw lots of rhubarb, asparagus, late season ramps, and all other manner of spring aliums this week at the market. Plus some of the best radishes of the year. Click through the slideshow for a closer look.

Also, this week I learned that in addition to EBT cards, the Union Square Greenmarket is now accepting credit and debit cards. Stop by the information booth at the market and swipe your card in exchange for tokens that can be used around the market. The deal is that you've got to buy tokens, each worth a dollar, in $5 increments. There's a $2 transaction fee (so $5 in tokens would cost you $7, and $100 in tokens would cost you $102). Great for the days when you're cash strapped but can't resist the ramps. Or the rhubarb. Or the strawberries, or the poultry, or the bacon.

The Union Square Greenmarket is open on the North and West sides of Union Square Park every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About the author: Ben Fishner is Serious Eats' advertising operations administrator, and he is currently planning his next meal. He also blogs at Ben Cooks Everything. Follow him on Twitter or Tumblr, won't you?

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